Address: 785 Irvin Garrish Hwy, Ocracoke, NC    Reservation Line: 1-866-928-4411


Let our friendly and caring staff treat you to a relaxing vacation and comfortable accommodations.  We aim to provide you with a carefree visit to Ocracoke in one of our rooms, suites, efficiencies, or cottages.  

Strategically located on Highway 12 at the edge of picturesque Ocracoke Village, we’re within easy walking distance of Silver Lake Harbor and most of the Island restaurants and shops. We’re also located right next door to the Pony Island Restaurant which is open daily for breakfast in season.

We’re the closest motel to Ocracoke’s world famous beaches.

About Us

Photo: Lulu Perez
Black and white photograph of a man in front of the Pony Island Motel pony statue in Ocracoke, NC
Photo: Walt Wolfram

Our Motel opened in 1958 and has been proudly owned and operated by the Esham Family since 1973.  We are both natives of Ocracoke and have worked at the Motel for more than 35 years.

We took over ownership in 2004 and are involved in almost all aspects of the business – from changing the rooms, cutting the grass, doing the laundry and working the front desk  – to cleaning the pool.  During the slower winter months we continuously update and modernize our facilities.  We strive very hard to give all of our guests the BEST vacation possible.

We invite everyone — vacationers, boaters, fishermen, kayakers, birdwatchers and beachcombers to enjoy our island and experience genuine Ocracoke hospitality.  Many of our vacationing families enjoy cooking out under the trees and newlyweds or even second honeymooners often enjoy the privacy of our spacious suites. 

Our front desk staff members are all native Ocracokers, and possess many years of local knowledge. They are more than willing to share their Island experiences with our guests to make your stay on Ocracoke and at the Motel enjoyable.  Even our cleaning crew returns year after year and continues to keep our rooms at the highest standards that we’re known for.

Whether you plan to stay with us for a night or for a week or more, let our friendly staff make your visit unforgettable.  Many of our guests stay with us year after year and we are truly honored to be part of their family traditions.

-David Scott and Melinda Esham-

Come.  Stay.  Enjoy.  Pony Island Motel.

Sand dollar on the beach in Ocracoke, NC
Purple starfish and shells on a beach in Ocracoke, NC
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Photo: Hughes Mastin

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Photo: Ann Calandro


Ocracoke is located on the southern tip of North Carolina’s famed Outer Banks.  Our relatively small 16 mile Island initially looks expansive due to its miles and miles of pristine beaches.  We’re accessible from the mainland only by private plane, private boat, or one of three state-run ferries from Hatteras Village, Cedar Island or Swan Quarter.

Most of the Island is owned by the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and is maintained by the National Park Service.  This pristine environment provides the perfect haven for water adventurers, as well as a peaceful, safe, relaxing spot to soak in the sun. 

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Photo: ©Melinda Fodrie Sutton

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Photo: Gail Garner

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Photo: Lynn Warness

From the Pony Pens to the Springer’s Point Nature Preserve and its collection of live oaks and native oyster beds, natural beauty surrounds you… there are unlimited opportunities for sunning, swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking, and surfing.

Because of the proximity to the Gulf Stream, our temperate weather also welcomes visitors the rest of the year. World-class shelling, biking, bird-watching and kayaking are just a few of the activities that await “off-season” guests.

The “Village” is at the southern tip of Ocracoke. It offers just the right amount of shops, restaurants, fishing opportunities, surfing, and biking rentals to keep most vacationers well occupied throughout the vacation season. Music, good cold drinks, just-caught seafood, and lots of fun—this is our home.

If you’re looking for one of the truly great places to stay on Ocracoke Island, look no further than the Pony Island Motel.

Call 252-928-4411, toll free 866-928-4411 or email us today to inquire about availability.